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By Karen Shishiptorova, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – Snugly cloistered at the foot of Parque Nacional da Tijuca (Tijuca National Park) on a narrow stretch lined by Praia do Pepino, São Conrado is a lush, green village much like its neighbors Alto da Boa Vista, Gávea, Joá, Itanhangá and Barra da Tijuca. Just after the Zuzu Angel Tunnel, one is struck by the majestic image of Pedra da Gávea, a 3300-foot rock cliff watching the area like a sentinel, overlooking the sea.

In 1916, Commander Conrado Jacob Niemeyer, an engineer, build the charming São Conrado . . .

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